In 2009, let's dwell in hope...
...and take Ben Franklin's words to heart.
Let's appreciate every sunrise for the gift it is.
Take time to watch the sunsets.
Help protect human rights and civil liberties.
Cherish our freedoms.
Remember our history.
Get involved in our communities, government and schools.
Indulge our child-like wonder and sense of fun.
Shake things up.
Honour our achievements.
Open new doors.
If a door closes, open a window.
Notice the beauty all around us, even in the damaged or broken.
Spend lots of time outdoors.
Remember things aren't always what they seem.
Ride a bike or take a hike...
Do something different.
Create something magical.
Bask in the sun (don't forget the sunscreen)!
Explore foreign lands, even if only through the pages of a book.
Learn more about other cultures and traditions.
Practice tolerance and understanding.
Protect the environment.
All photographs, December, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.